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 Post subject: Re: The Writers "Kick in the Pants" thread
PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 2:42 pm 
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Okay I shouldn't even be here because I'm polishing a novel frantically

Woot!!!

I saw this too late for Pitch Wars but I'll check the link out anyhoo....thanks for posting.

I worked a little on the creepy morbid story on the weekend--even though I've already submitted it somewhere, I figure it's a little too unpolished in the state it was sent to register much with the editors but I did some of the polishing this weekend I'd wished I'd had a couple of more days to do before that deadline. Well, I figure I can always submit it to the next place in better shape. But I like this story and I'm pleased with it on the whole. It's the writing that's a little sloppy and unrefined in this case due to running out of time before the deadline, but as a story, for me, it doesn't present a lot of problems, thank Jeebus. You may not be able to figure out a story, but you can always fix the writing, I say--and this is the rare case in my circumstance where at least the STORY is figured out...

Also worked on the novella some. It's just over thirty pages now (needs to be about 50-75 before I'll call the first draft done) and some ideas are starting to emerge as maybe ones worth pursuing in future drafts. My problem at this point is determining the exact source of conflict and how my characters should conduct themselves in light of the story's circumstances. Anyway, it's way early on to have any solid worries and I just keep moving forward and work with what emerges and engages me on the topic for now. Anyway, it seems to be coming along. I hope I can have the first draft completed by the end of August...

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Still working and sticking my head into the novella material on a daily basis. It's harder to maintain my momentum in drafting periods as it's definitely less intense and my mind is a lot less engaged because it just doesn't need to be fully into it yet and I tend to put in less hours. Trying stuff on, throwing out ideas and will figure out what works later. Not sure this is how to do this, but that's how it's getting done. I have 36 pages, 12000 wds now. More than halfway through the first draft!

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I have a vague story idea which I've tried a couple of times to start writing but it's just not working for me. I just can't quite get what I want to write in focus. Frustrating.

Although I suspect the threat of looming uni deadlines means that I will turn into a very prolific writer for a couple of weeks while I procrastinate so who knows, maybe I'll figure it out.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:30 am 
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I just can't quite get what I want to write in focus.

I hate when that happens, though it happens to me a lot! Then other ideas just come instinctively and you don't have to 'try stuff on' to get at them. That's more the exception than the rule for me though.

I completely dislike my disgruntled customer story. I re-read it recently (there actually two versions--one cut to four pages and it's terrible--cringed my way through it. The other is eight pages and less bad but certainly not good. Not good at all.) Anyway, I realize now it would probably work better as a comedy sketch or screenplay. It's sight-gaggy. Too sight-gaggy to work on the page. It needs to be performed, not so much written. And I'm not a screenwriter, though I'd never rule that sort of thing out. To the dustbin for now! I'll retire with and maybe resurrect it another time, maybe not.

Still working on the novella. I feel like I've been doing nothing writing-wise this August but I started this manuscript on Aug 6 and now have 43 pages, 13,400 words. Not sure I'll finish by the end of the month (I feel like I've gotten to the meat of nothing in the story, but TONS will be cut and lots more to come) so maybe I'll try and stop between 20,000 and 25,000 words just to get the whole skeleton of the story sketched out very tentatively. I just thought of a good ending (provided I sort of go forward with the story as it stands now--and chances always are that will change) but if it sort of goes in the same direction it's going in this early, I think it could be an effective--and maybe even freaky--ending. Way too early to say, but it's always comforting to have a final direction to go in. That never hurts. Onward!

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 Post subject: Re: The Writers "Kick in the Pants" thread
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Work is super busy and will be for the next few weeks so not much writing going on here, but I will be preparing a poetry submission for this contest for The Puritan (Cdn literary magazine) which Margaret Atwood is judging! I just skimmed the guidelines and doesn't look like it's restricted to Canadian entries only but you might want to read the guidelines yourself if you wish to enter. I believe it's a $15 entry fee (again if you want to enter, double check and follow whatever guidelines). They are also giving a short fiction prize but I have poems to submit for this one. There's also prize money and awards of books involved and publication in a fine up-and-coming literary journal if you come up a winner. Here's a link if you're interested:

http://puritan-magazine.com/submissions/

Deadline September 30, 2014.

Now get writing and there's a chance Margaret Atwood might read your work!!!! *kick!*

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Trying to write a new poem for the M Atwood contest (the one she's judging which I posted about above). It's about finding an abandoned kitten in the park which I couldn't catch and I keep thinking of the wee boo and while there are a couple of good images/lines/maybe even stanzas type thing in what I've got so far, it's not really come all together and it's super dreary when you take it in as a whole (don't want it to be that dreary! It's kind of me making fun of myself so not supposed to be all doom-tone). But anyway, I JUST wrote it this morning so it's way too early to judge and Imma play with it for the next couple of weeks--or even just over the next couple of days or so--and see if I think I can make it work or if my energies are best spent elsewhere. Right now, I'm not too sure. But I do have one poem I like for the contest, anyhoo. I was just hoping to add another if I could get something together before the deadline. Anyway, I'll work on that for the next little bit and see what comes.

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Still working on the poem mentioned above. I dropped the kitten parts from it, sadly, although s/he inspired the poem in the first place. My poems often work like this in that I'll write a poem and it'll have two major components to it and first I try to meld them together because they are ideas that are together in my mind but then as I clarify things and develop stuff I start letting them duke it out on the page and it becomes clear that one idea is weaker than the other or they should be pursued as two separate poems because they start to diverge so, sadly, the kitten angle lost the battle this round. That's not how I wanted it though! You really have to go with what works best and the competing idea (trees in this case) was stronger so now I've crystallized that and have a good ending now just time to work the poem to a lyrical finish. I still think of you all the time little kitty, even though you lost this particular poetic battle!

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So this is still a poetry month for me. Which makes me happy! Love writing poems.

The not-kitten one is done - although I haven't typed up the final version yet, I'm preeetty sure I'm done tinkering with it in my notebook. Kind of a serious poem but it ties up thematically and I feel good about its chances of seeing print somewhere (I hope anyway, I should say).

Got a new long, I suppose, sort of satrical poem on the go now. It first clocked in around five or six pages (handwritten, have no idea typed--maybe four? But I haven't typed it up yet). Just having fun with pop celebrity fifteen-minutes culture type verse. I've brought it down to around three pages (needs to be around three pages so I can pair it with the not-kitten one. The contest I have in mind will consider four pages of poetry, max) so anyway, I spent many hours today paring it down and focusing it and I think I've worked the main ideas out now I have to woik it, like get all the language and images and the more intricate organizing and finer detailing done. Lots of work put into it today, anyway. Will probably work on it more over the weekend as it needs time because it's longish and I'm running out of days before the end of September. Onward!

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 11:44 am 
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seitanicverses wrote:
http://puritan-magazine.com/submissions/

Deadline September 30, 2014.

Now get writing and there's a chance Margaret Atwood might read your work!!!! *kick!*

Just wanted to update that this deadline has been extended to October 10, 2014. I already sent in a couple of poems, I'm entering my creepy morbid story in the fiction contest (a fixed version that I sent to another contest and haven't heard back yet--but I think that version is too rough, anyhoo) and I've fixed up the sloppiness in that piece and I'm working still on the long pop culturish poem that I should be able to get ready by October 10 but it might actually be too long but I have till October 10 now anyhoo to decide. I may as well send everything I'm working on in, I figure! There is an entry fee for each entry but it's cheap compared to other contests--you get no subscription though as this is an online magazine.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2014 9:57 am 
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Another writing contest my sister told me about: the APS Emerging Writers Fellowship. It's an American one, for writing in English, short fiction or essay only, send one unpublished story via Submittable (no word count limit that I see), no entry fee and deadline is October 15, 2014, 5:00 p.m. EST. Prizes include $1000, publication, space to work in their Brooklyn offices (optional as they are accepting writing from all over the world) and probably the best prize, a 6-month mentorship period with an established writer. Official details here: http://apublicspace.org/blog/detail/the ... ellowships

Very little time for my own writing this week, though I will send out one story to the above contest just to have a hat in the ring--especially since there's no entry fee! <3

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I'm back working at the creepy morbid story again, although I had considered it finished and it's already been sent out for consideration to some places and it mostly is finished (one rejection already came back which is the thing that really made me go back and look at it again, hence it coming back into play). One scene or fact in it always bothered me as maybe implausible so I've been wracking my brains since trying to get around it since and I think I have. Also, my solution introduced another opportunity to inject some much-needed emotional poignancy into the story so that worked as a bonus. Also, I reorganized some paragraphs and rewrote some scenes (though much has stayed the same). It never ends. It never ends! I have yet to type up these changes so I don't know the impact a clean read will make but a fractured read (i.e., having to pause to find the stuff scrawled in margins, etc. and finding the numbers for the reordered scenes) seems to be humming along and I feel like I've improved it and whatever implausibility I sensed before is no longer sticking out like a sore thumb. I need a clean read and a few days rest from it to really determine if more work is needed, though. Will type up changes tomorrow and see how it reads then. Onward!

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I love your dedication to writing and posting even if you don't get a response. Keepin' on. Most excellent.

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Thanks, panders.

I don't think the original intent of this thread was for updates such as I often post but I'm DEDICATED to writing like I am to sleeping and eating and I see my kicks in the pants contributions here being my postings about the trials, tribulations, frustrations, edits and re-re-re-re-writes and still carrying on despite all the rejections and "nos" and false starts and failed writing experiments just because I must exhaust my creative drive this way and I'm sure others must, too. I don't know if what I post works on anyone that way but it's my hope that it does. Old fashioned kicks in the pants will also always be dispensed at anyone's request! Whatever works for a writer and gets their words on the page, or on screens, as the case may be in this modern age.

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I've challenged myself to write a 30,000 word novella by Christmas. I have 7000ish words so far, so it doesn't seem impossible :)


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You can do it, Quail! Also, with NaNo November coming, I always make myself work on one of my longer writing projects for the month of November (either my currently shelved/stalled novel or the newer novella I'm writing). I think I'll be working on my novella too, this November, for which I have a similar word aim as you do and I still need to write the last third or so of it so we can work on our novellas and update here together! I opened up the novella file today to have a look where I was at but got absorbed in fixing my short story and closed it without really looking at it today. But come November, I'll be devoted to that novella for the month!

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I'm still reworking the creepy morbid story. The good news is that it's basic structure: idea, beginning, ending, three main characters and general temperament of those characters--remains the same. I'm basically rewriting stronger (hopefully more meaningful) scenes though and trying to make the characters pop more than they did in the earlier version. It's coming along. I really like this idea and want it to work--not drive it off a cliff like I did the disgruntled customer story after exhausting every possible idea I could come up with to salvage it. I'm hopeful though. Also looking forward to November--I really want to sink my teeth into a longer work, get to the scissors and scotch tape stage of the manuscript on my novella. I have to finish writing it first! That's November though. Hope to have a better, stronger version of the creepy morbid story ready to go by the end of October--this is really the perfect month to write such a tale!

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Also for Canadian writers: I think the CBC contest deadline is at the end of October (for short fiction). I'm not entering it this year--I think the story I describe above is a better investment of my time at the moment (and it's too long for that contest which, I think, runs 1200-1500 lines, which is about 4-7 pages, depending). I mention it because I think other than the Journey Prize, it's the highest cash award ($6000 for first place and $1000 for four finalists) in a Cdn short fiction contest AND the first place award includes a paid week at the Banff Writer's Retreat (or some such). But it sounds pretty cool. Anyway, if you're interested, check the CBC website for details. I think it's under CBC Short Story prize and there's usually a $20-25 entry fee. Only open to Canadians, methinks. <3

Here's a link with the official information if you're interested: http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/li ... hortstory/

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